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El Zanjon de Granados

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Address: Calle Defensa 755 | San Telmo, Buenos Aires C1065AAM, Argentina
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Great slice of BA history through the centuries

Really, really interesting. According to our guide, the owner of El Zanjon bought the property as a dilapidated old house in the 1980s intending to create a restaurant. He... read more

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Auckland, New Zealand

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Really, really interesting. According to our guide, the owner of El Zanjon bought the property as a dilapidated old house in the 1980s intending to create a restaurant. He happened upon the tunnels buried beneath and the subsequent restoration has been something of a labour of love. On Mondays to Fridays tours in English are at 12:00, 2:00 and 3:00.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I think the other reviews summarise the building and its history - both from when it was built and the recent restoration. My daughter and I took the English language tour, and I apologise for forgetting the guide's name, but she was wonderful. It was just the three of us and the "more" part of my review refers to the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A building refurbishment becomes a museum that tells many stories about Buenos Aires, about wealth, architecture, migration, tenement housing, water management and childhood memories. A great guide who was very well informed. You descend down to the past but there's plenty of headroom. A fee, no card facility, so need cash.

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Hoboken, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Well worth your effort. An amazing historical find in the San Telmo district, beautifully restored. The history of this one location helped me to understand the culture of Buenos Aires. I was traveling with my sister and 21 year old daughter, we all enjoyed the tour. The guide was very knowledgeable.

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Loved this tour, led by the owner, curator and visionary for preserving this slice of history in San Telmo. Restored tenement house from 1830, situated on the site of some of BA's original settlements from 1536. Constructed over a river, beautifully restored tunnels that seem endless under the house. The owner was a passionate tour guide with stories, history and... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

The guided tours of this private museum are offered in English Mon to Fri 12,2 & 3; Spanish 1pm. Sundays from 11 to 6pm English and Spanish. The tour costs 250 ARS. Our guide was delightful, she made a point of welcoming us as we arrived, asked where we were from and where we had been on our travels. We... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Not well publicized but worth the effort. Restoration began in 1985, a private residence depicting the tunnels to the river La Plate in the late 1800s. Provides a different and interesting perspective into the history of BA.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

This place is restored as it is almost by accident as the current owner bought it to build a restaurant but found such an archeological wealth that decided to restore it and keep it as a museum. It includes some of the basic foundations of the city in the early 17th century and layers of other construction un the 19th... More 

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Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
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Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

We attended the English speaking tour. The history of the house was interesting and the story behind the tunnels and how the house became a museum was well presented. English tours at noon and three PM.

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Dallas, Tx
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017

This is a terrific spot- a privately funded, exquisitely maintained museum illustrating urban archeology at its best. In site preparation for a restaurant, the owner became enthralled with the excavation results, brought in university archeologists, and kept digging. Uncovered remains of much older buildings, cisterns and viaducts. Simply an amazing picture emerged of old Buenos Aires- the owner has received... More 

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San Telmo
Characterized by cobblestones and narrow streets, San Telmo is defined by the tango, the dance that made Buenos Aires world-famous. Tango is a fusion of many different cultures: a true child of immigration, much like the city itself. Nowadays, it comes alive after dark in the milongas (dance parties) attended by both locals and visitors alike, who dance until the wee hours of the morning. During the day, the antique shops and classic cafés and bars around Plaza Dorrego dominate the scene. The emblematic Bar Plaza Dorrego, with its green awnings, checkered tile floors, and wooden interiors, takes you back in time the moment you step inside. For true porteño traditions, San Telmo is the place to be.
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